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Public Secrets and Relations

Courtney, here! This is a pretty exciting week for me. Here’s why:


1. I now business-card-officially work for the Hideout doing public relations! It’s a dream to work at a theater that I care about, that I perform at, that has provided me and so many others with so much joy and meaning over the years.


2. Austin Secrets opens tomorrow! It’s such a meaningful and special show. This is my third year doing it and it still constantly surprises me, touches me and makes me laugh. I’ve never been so uncomfortable in my life as I have been in the truth chair. The audience can ask you any question and you have to answer truthfully. It’s terrifying but it’s so cathartic and creates a unique bond between the audience and the cast.

So come out to Austin Secrets Tomorrow at 8pm, ask me some personal questions and watch me spill my guts out. Make sure to buy me a cocktail afterward, though!


photo by Warren Henderson

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Aspen Webster on One Small Step

One Small Step runs Saturdays in February at 6pm
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by One Small Step cast member Aspen Webster

I’ve been a sci-fi nerd most of my life. Ever since I raided a Blockbuster when I was nine and binge watched the original Star Wars movies, holed up in my room with my tiny TV, I’ve been in love with the idea of space. I used to stare at the big, puffy clouds at sunset and imagine I was in Cloud City. I would gaze up at the night sky for hours, wondering if we really could fold space, just like they could in Dune.

Nine-year old Aspen would go nuts if she knew adult Aspen were in One Small Step. If I had a time machine (which is, of course, a sci-fi fantasy I’ve had), I would go grab her, bring her to the present, and have her watch our show. Fortunately, nine-year old Aspen is pretty mature for her age, because 25-year old Aspen might swear a little bit or kiss someone (but not a lot! Bring your grandma, it’s cool).

Adult Aspen really isn’t so different from little Aspen. Except now I get to share this joy with others who are on the same page. There’s just something so engaging, so arresting, so absolutely true about space. I still lose myself in those fantasies – imagining myself in far off worlds facing the fear and the thrill of an infinite universe. And the amazing thing is that other people get lost in those fantasies too. We’re all just story-telling dreamers, and I have had the utter delight of spending time with those dreamers in rehearsals and on stage.

The magic of One Small Step isn’t just in its setting, but rather in the kinds of human stories it inspires. It’s a lovely irony that in exploring the alien unknown, we experience and recognize our humanity so vividly. People fall in love, people drift apart; friends become closer; they experience betrayal, joy, trust, and pain. And when you place eight people on a ship in the nothingness of space for months or years, those relationships are intensified. We’re also pretty funny. There’s zero-G.

So come see One Small Step every Saturday in February at 6pm.  And even after it’s done, keep staring at the stars or at the clouds or wondering about galaxies far far away. You may be a small person in a vast universe, but your story and your dreams are infinitely important.


One Small Step plays Saturdays in February at 6pm

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Cat Drago: Bedtime Storytelling

Wanderlust runs Saturdays at 8pm in January and February
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Stories are, and always have been, an important part of my family. As a kid, my sister and I required a bedtime story from my dad every night. He would make up the wildest of tales, transporting us to other times and places and filling our heads with the most elaborate of adventures.

He and my mom occasionally would go on trips for work, and to spare us the horror of having to go to bed without a bedtime story, they each made us a tape with stories on them. These were no ordinary voice recordings: they had sound effects of lions and trains and blizzards, with my parents giving details that really made us feel like we were there in the story with them, feeling the hot sun on our faces, or listening to the river under the boat. We would listen until we fell asleep every night.

I’ve never forgotten those stories.  I think that humanity as a whole connects to the process of Story and Storytelling in ways that we don’t always connect to anything else, even other forms of art. I think that’s why I love the work produced by the Hideout so much, because they give so much respect and enthusiasm toward the art of telling sincere stories.

Wanderlust fulfills that awesome itch I have for telling tales in a way I haven’t experienced since my dad’s improvised bedtime stories as a kid.  Not only do we get to go along for a story, but because of the unique structure of the ensemble and featured adventurers each week, we also get to experience it. It’s like the difference between 2-D and 3-D. You can see the world change around the characters, hear the wind blowing as they walk through a canyon, and see a visual representation of their feelings onstage. It’s a really amazing experience to be a part of.  Ruby and Aaron had such a clear vision from the very beginning, and to see that vision slowly playing out and coming to fruition has been both challenging and rewarding.  We even have this modular set that we can essentially mold to fit whatever we fancy for each scene.

I think storytelling is fun, it is artistic, but it is also IMPORTANT.  It is how we share worlds and experiences with each other, with our children, with complete strangers. It is how we connect as humans. My dad has Alzheimer’s now, and can’t remember the stories that he once told. But my sister and I will never forget those silly little tales, and like many stories told around the world, they mean far more to us than the words they took to tell.

           Come see a story unfold before YOUR eyes, and experience Wanderlust for yourself every Saturday in January and February at 8pm.


 Cat Drago plays a highlighted role
February 14th with Ryan Austin

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